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A lovely challenge to explore the can do! Thinking of a bird was harder that I thought! But then in the end I had about 20 different ones I wanted to choose. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Friday 19th May - Invisible Scarfie Today is another great challenge from the brilliant DementiaBoy, Andy Tysoe. Andy is a huge advocate for Dementia Friends and would regularly take his scarf out to promote the cause. When he lost it, however, it taught him a valuable lesson about loss, and adjustment. Do Make a banner like a scarf that displays a message you feel passionate about and want to share with the the world. Take a photo of you holding it. And then take a photo of you without the banner/scarf, just imagine holding it. How did that feel? Could you try it in public? Or with a group of people? Think About the difference between the two exercises. What was the difference between displaying something you’re proud of and then just imagining holding it? Could you still be an advocate without the visible message? What do you think? Share Share your ‘Scarfies’ or ‘Invisible Scarfies’ and how it felt. We’d love to hear your reflections on here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW and #DementiaDO. t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe & #DAW2017. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Friday 19th May - Invisible Scarfie Today is another great challenge from the brilliant DementiaBoy, Andy Tysoe. Andy is a huge advocate for Dementia Friends and would regularly take his scarf out to promote the cause. When he lost it, however, it taught him a valuable lesson about loss, and adjustment. Do Make a banner like a scarf that displays a message you feel passionate about and want to share with the the world. Take a photo of you holding it. And then take a photo of you without the banner/scarf, just imagine holding it. How did that feel? Could you try it in public? Or with a group of people? Think About the difference between the two exercises. What was the difference between displaying something you’re proud of and then just imagining holding it? Could you still be an advocate without the visible message? What do you think? Share Share your ‘Scarfies’ or ‘Invisible Scarfies’ and how it felt. We’d love to hear your reflections on here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW and #DementiaDO. t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe & #DAW2017. We've created new plays by carrying out a series of creative writing and theatrical workshops in care centres with those living with dementia. This Dementia Awareness Week we've taken the final plays and poems as a professional performance back to the care centre clients who worked in collaboration with the playwrights to create the work. We've also performed one off public shows in the areas of where the source material came from. Our inspiration is from the magical minds of those who are in fact living with dementia, and I don't think anyone could write a poem or a play more innovative x Today’s challenge made me reminisce with my husband about the wonderful holidays we had in Switzerland, camping in our tent just on the edge of the Eiger. One day we sat in a meadow full of wild flowers, watching the antics of Alpine conches, who appeared to be having great fun leaping off a large cliff face and catching a thermal so that the soared upwards without a flap of the wing, to circle high above. Cory the Alpine Conch Fledgling’s Story. “O, I am sure I can do it, I can , I can. Just look at them leaping off the edge, falling down, and then suddenly reappearing, shooting upwards as if sucked into the sky by a giant invisible being. I am sure I can do it, but it is a very long way down, much much further than when I first hopped out of the nest last week. What happens if I never stop falling? “Oh there goes my big brother, he has gone over the edge, oh why is he not reappearing? Oh dear...... Ohh there he is, up and around and around, so high he is a speck. Now I must jump, over I go, down, down, down, help! Wow, I am going up, no need to flap, higher than our tree, higher and higher, I can see another mountain, covered in snow behind our mountain. Oh I love this, it is so quiet, so beautiful, I want to stay here forever.” Because we all have the ability to fly. If I was bird, I'd be a Laughing Kookaburra and I'd fly away all the petty things in a hearty laugh OK, this is my favourite challenge so far, so I'm doing two today! My second choice would be the blackbird I've just spent ten minutes watching from my kitchen window. He's found our new little pond and has been splishing and splashing about without a care in the world. After his bath he hopped up on to the shed roof and negotiated his way through the pigeons (who make me think of The Godfather, only not so smart) and had some dinner. As I get older I'm enjoying identifying birds more and trying to make our garden as bird friendly as possible. I found a poem about a hummingbird today. All about a scientist who couldn't believe how fast it's little wings were beating. Really enjoyed this. My husband makes the best coffees and always knows exactly how I like it. A 'Spanish coffee' is a short sweet one, a 'really nice coffee' is a particular ground coffee I like. There are lots of other situations when he instinctively knows how I feel and what I need. Found it difficult to make up new word though so mixed caring with coffee❤️ Thought I'd like to just enjoy the experience of flying so chose to be a swallow- to feel weightless and free to go anywhere - wonderful! Yesterday, Suzy Webster and I had a Webinar conversation with Phill Watmough, who is living with dementia and his wife of 9 years, Wendy about why the REAL Communication framework (Reminiscence, Empathic engagement, Active listening and Life story) is so important and how it plays out in our lives. The webinar was facilitated by the Dementia Action Alliance. DementiaDoer: Someone who does something about dementia instead of just talking about doing something! DementiaDoer: Someone who does something about dementia instead of just talking about doing something! ShoulderHolder: Someone who walks beside you, keeping you steady and encouraging you in equal measure. Today I’m a misunderstood magpie. I’m with a magpie mate to bring people Joy. We’re on a magical journey to collect treasure so we can build a shiny glittery nest. Today I’m a misunderstood magpie. I’m with a magpie mate to bring people Joy. We’re on a magical journey to collect treasure so we can build a shiny glittery nest. I drive backwards and forwards to Derbyshire quite a bit at the moment and twice now I’ve seen the most majestic heron swooping across Junction 23a of the M1, right next to East Midlands airport! So today, I choose to be that heron: Look at them all, crammed inside that tin can. I don’t know why they’re all pointing at me like that, I was born with wings, those things are bolted on. Down there too, more tin boxes, all in a neat little row going nowhere. I love being me. Flying free, the wind in my feathers, I can go anywhere I like, as long as I’m home for tea. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Thursday 18th May - Flying Free Sometimes, especially when we’ve been in the same place for a while, it’s nice to think about where we might like to be, or what we might do if things were different. If you were a bird for the day, where would you go and what would you do? Would you be a friendly robin sat on a gardener's spade, a pesky seagull pinching chips on the sea front at Scarborough or an owl, swooping around the countryside at night time? Do Choose which bird you would be, close your eyes and imagine the journey you’d go on. When you’ve finished either draw a picture of where you’ve been or write a short story about your flying journey. Remember, this isn’t about doing something really good, it’s just about trying it out, so don’t think too much about it. Think What was it like to imagine flying? Did you find it easy to do? Were you surprised by where you went? Share Share a picture of your bird, tell us where you went or share your little short story on dothinkshare.com, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW, #DAW2017 & #ABookofMe. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Thursday 18th May - Flying Free Sometimes, especially when we’ve been in the same place for a while, it’s nice to think about where we might like to be, or what we might do if things were different. If you were a bird for the day, where would you go and what would you do? Would you be a friendly robin sat on a gardener's spade, a pesky seagull pinching chips on the sea front at Scarborough or an owl, swooping around the countryside at night time? Do Choose which bird you would be, close your eyes and imagine the journey you’d go on. When you’ve finished either draw a picture of where you’ve been or write a short story about your flying journey. Remember, this isn’t about doing something really good, it’s just about trying it out, so don’t think too much about it. Think What was it like to imagine flying? Did you find it easy to do? Were you surprised by where you went? Share Share a picture of your bird, tell us where you went or share your little short story on dothinkshare.com, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW, #DAW2017 & #ABookofMe. CAREfidence: Someone who gives us the Strength, Courage and Confidence to get through each and every day. CAREfidence: Someone who gives us the Strength, Courage and Confidence to get through each and every day. It was lovely to spend a few moments thinking about a close friend and how they support me. I felt wistful, lucky and calm when I think about them. I hope everyone has someone like that for them. Eyra. This is a piece of artwork completed by an older participant at a recent workshop. I've really struggled to think of a new word today, so this image represents the word 'community' and whatever that means for you. She said they are beautiful people /she said who are they /she said they are night nurses / she said how do they help/ she said they are always by your side/ she said reassurance is everything / she said at 99she knew a thing or two /she said yes memory is precious when you can remember / I loved doing this.. thinking about the people that help me and how they do it.. I might do some more later! Working together, we feel this is really important. We encourage each other to be more open and honest about our emotions so we can work in a supported, inspiring and motivated environment where we have agency and thrive doing what we love. Let it all out:one of the best advice I ever received - to be shared wholeheartedly. My friends keep me going and I hope I can do the same for them. Sharecare. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Wednesday 17th May - Caring Words If we are caring for someone with Dementia, or if we have a diagnosis ourselves, or if we are generally a human being, we will all need a little bit of support. Sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help, but when we do, it often lightens our load and makes life a little easier. Who are the people that offer you support? Friends, Parents, Children, Partners? The word ‘Carer’ is a term used a lot and can mean lots of different things to different people, we’d like you to think a little bit about this. Do Think about someone that cares for you, what are their qualities? What do they do? How do they support you? Make up a new word to describe what this person does and write the dictionary definition for them. Are they a ShoulderFriend or a KeeperUpper or a RockInAStormyOcean? Think How did it feel to reflect on what that person does for you? Did it make you feel grateful? Was there anything about the relationship you would change? Share Share your dictionary definition with us. Or if you’d rather, just share how doing the challenge made you feel. You can share on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook. #DAW17 #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Wednesday 17th May - Caring Words If we are caring for someone with Dementia, or if we have a diagnosis ourselves, or if we are generally a human being, we will all need a little bit of support. Sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help, but when we do, it often lightens our load and makes life a little easier. Who are the people that offer you support? Friends, Parents, Children, Partners? The word ‘Carer’ is a term used a lot and can mean lots of different things to different people, we’d like you to think a little bit about this. Do Think about someone that cares for you, what are their qualities? What do they do? How do they support you? Make up a new word to describe what this person does and write the dictionary definition for them. Are they a ShoulderFriend or a KeeperUpper or a RockInAStormyOcean? Think How did it feel to reflect on what that person does for you? Did it make you feel grateful? Was there anything about the relationship you would change? Share Share your dictionary definition with us. Or if you’d rather, just share how doing the challenge made you feel. You can share on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook. #DAW17 “If self is a location, so is love: Bearings taken, markings, cardinal points, Options, obstinacies, dug heels, and distance, Here and there and now and then, a stance.” Seamus Heaney, District and Circle “If self is a location, so is love: Bearings taken, markings, cardinal points, Options, obstinacies, dug heels, and distance, Here and there and now and then, a stance.” Seamus Heaney, District and Circle Whoops, I put the wrong photo on first time, that one showed what the burning money looked like when the ITV crew tried to ignite it (Obviously not Boy Scouts) THIS picture shows what they filmed when I had ignited the money. I'm an activities coordinator at Camelot house and lodge care home in Wellington, Somerset. I've been dressing up using the colours yellow and red. Our residents have helped make lemonade which we have been selling and also a cake stall. I have been giving out leaflets spreading the awareness to guests to our home and asking for donations. We have a cinema event which our residents are attending which was organised by the DAA and a visit from the local school. I'm an activities coordinator at Camelot house and lodge care home in Wellington, Somerset. I've been dressing up using the colours yellow and red. Our residents have helped make lemonade which we have been selling and also a cake stall. I have been giving out leaflets spreading the awareness to guests to our home and asking for donations. We have a cinema event which our residents are attending which was organised by the DAA and a visit from the local school. A very happy day for our family, the first of our four children to get married.. A wonderful very special day. The sadness was that my mum wasn't there, she had waited for so many years hoping for a family wedding and she was too ill to attend. We had even been out shopping to get mum a new suit and she had been happy that it was smart - dressing appropriately was important to mum. We look at the pictures with her, eat fruit cake she smiles but it doesn't seem to trigger any of her wedding memories. Remember ME At first I thought I would write about the time I was invited to a meal in honour of Lady Baden Powell in Dar-es-Salam when I was doing a two year stint as a teacher for Voluntary Service Overseas in Tanzania, but then my husband mentioned something about the long campaign he was involved in to restore the pensions of 500 workers lost when the BUSM company went bust and the workers faced financial disaster. I immediately thought of the afternoon when an ITV company visited our home and burned £20 notes in our garden for a documentary about lost pensions called “Money to Burn”, so we decided to make this a joint effort. I am so proud of the part my husband played in getting these pensions restored, he was interviewed by local and national newspapers and appeared on the politics today programme as well as in the documentary But to return to the money to burn; as well as the interview with my husband, the film crew wanted to film the opening shots over which the titles and credits would roll, showing the burning money. Fear not, it was not real money. They had painstakingly got permission to print pictures of £20 notes, on one side only, on ordinary paper. They looked very realistic. All we needed was the money and a match or other sure-fire way of igniting it at the start of the interview. Umm no – Murphy’s law takes priority! There was all the money, there was the camera man but money refused to burn! Now my Girl Guide experience came into play and my Tanzanian Guides would have been proud of me as I made a pyramid of notes in my commandeered grill pan and got a good fire going with only one match. I still have the charred ashes and burnt pan as a souvenir. Remember ME At first I thought I would write about the time I was invited to a meal in honour of Lady Baden Powell in Dar-es-Salam when I was doing a two year stint as a teacher for Voluntary Service Overseas in Tanzania, but then my husband mentioned something about the long campaign he was involved in to restore the pensions of 500 workers lost when the BUSM company went bust and the workers faced financial disaster. I immediately thought of the afternoon when an ITV company visited our home and burned £20 notes in our garden for a documentary about lost pensions called “Money to Burn”, so we decided to make this a joint effort. I am so proud of the part my husband played in getting these pensions restored, he was interviewed by local and national newspapers and appeared on the politics today programme as well as in the documentary But to return to the money to burn; as well as the interview with my husband, the film crew wanted to film the opening shots over which the titles and credits would roll, showing the burning money. Fear not, it was not real money. They had painstakingly got permission to print pictures of £20 notes, on one side only, on ordinary paper. They looked very realistic. All we needed was the money and a match or other sure-fire way of igniting it at the start of the interview. Umm no – Murphy’s law takes priority! There was all the money, there was the camera man but money refused to burn! Now my Girl Guide experience came into play and my Tanzanian Guides would have been proud of me as I made a pyramid of notes in my commandeered grill pan and got a good fire going with only one match. I still have the charred ashes and burnt pan as a souvenir.